Emil Bemstrom
21-Year-Old CenterC
2020 Fantasy Outlook
A fourth-round pick in 2017, Bemstrom made his NHL debut last season and showed some occasional flashes of upside, finishing with 10 goals and 20 points in 56 games, with about half his production (five goals, eight points) coming on the power play. The 21-year-old is an asset on the attack thanks to his speed, ability to find open ice, and a quick release on his shot, and while he lacks ideal size he's a willing back-checker as well. The Jackets already have two wingers with that profile in Cam Atkinson and Oliver Bjorkstrand, however, which could lock Bemstrom out of a consistent top-six role even if he takes a step forward in his development in 2020-21. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed with HIFK of the Finnish Elite League in Sept. of 2020.
Looking to build on last year
CColumbus Blue Jackets
January 1, 2021
Bemstrom feels ready to take a step forward in his development after an up and down rookie season, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
ANALYSIS
The 21-year-old scored 10 goals and 20 points in 56 games during his first taste of the NHL, but Bemstrom had opportunities that he missed as he's still working on finding the right mix of accuracy and aggression with his shot. "He's got a lethal shot," Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. "He's just got to find a way to get it off. I think that's where you saw him fight it last year. He was either getting it off just to get it off, not knowing where it was going, or he wasn't getting it off at all because he was trying to pick a spot. I think he's going to figure out how to blend those two things and hopefully have a lot of success." Bemstrom's coming off a strong offseason that saw him score nine goals and 17 points in 16 games for HIFK in the Finnish Elite League, and while Columbus' forward depth likely relegates him to a bottom-six role this season, skating with a veteran center like Mikko Koivu could help steady Bemstrom's game.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:46
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:41
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
12:16
1:21
0:00
2020–21
14:46
1:41
0:00
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Snagged in the fourth round in 2017, Bemstrom will get his first taste of North American hockey this season after an outstanding showing last year, when he led the SHL with 23 goals in 47 games as a 19-year-old. The list of teenagers who have put up numbers like that in Sweden's top league is short and impressive, and includes the likes of Peter Forsberg and Elias Pettersson, but Bemstrom's upside probably isn't that high. His skills make him a potentially better version of Oliver Bjorkstrand, as he uses his plus speed and strong skating to find open ice and then uses a quick trigger to beat the goalie. A good campaign in Sweden this year could set him up for a regular shift with Columbus in 2020-21.
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Loan period ends
CColumbus Blue Jackets
November 30, 2020
Bemstrom loan agreement with Finnish Elite League club HIFK came to an end Monday.
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Signs with European club
CColumbus Blue Jackets
September 7, 2020
Bemstrom signed with HIFK of the Finnish Elite League, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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Opens scoring Sunday
CColumbus Blue Jackets
March 8, 2020
Bemstrom potted a goal on five shots, dished two hits and added two PIM in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Canucks.
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Has goals in two straight
CColumbus Blue Jackets
February 25, 2020
Bemstrom scored a goal on four shots Tuesday in a 5-4 loss to the Wild.
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Pots overtime winner
CColumbus Blue Jackets
February 24, 2020
Bemstrom scored the game-winning goal in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Senators.
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